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Aftershocks: Jonathan Hill & Kiku Hughes

Sat, November 7 from 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm PST
Livestream at PDXBookFest.org
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Two dynamic young adult graphic novels that explore generational trauma in the American West, going back in time to Japanese internment in World War II and forward to a near-future devastated by the Cascadia earthquake.

In Displacement by Kiku Hughes, a teenager is on vacation in San Francisco when suddenly she finds herself displaced to the 1940s Japanese-American internment camp that her late grandmother was forcibly relocated to during World War II. Jonathan Hill imagines the aftermath of “the Big One,” the Cascadia subduction zone earthquake, in Odessa, which follows three siblings searching for their missing mother across a ruined America.

Moderated by Jules Ohman, youth programs specialist at Literary Arts.


PURCHASE: ODESSADISPLACEMENT 

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Jonathan Hill

Jonathan Hill is an award-winning cartoonist who lives in Portland, OR. His comics and illustrations have been featured in publications by Fantagraphics, Lion Forge, tor.com, Powell's City of Books, The Believer Magazine, and the Society of Illustrators. His first two books, Americus and Wild Weather, were created with writer MK Reed and published by First Second Books. Jonathan also teaches comics at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and serves on the board of directors at Literary Arts. Odessa is the first book he has written and drawn himself.


Purchase Odessa from POWELL'S BOOKS, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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Kiku Hughes

Kiku Hughes is a cartoonist and illustrator based in the Seattle area. Her work has been featured in Beyond Anthology volumes 1 and 2, Short Box #6 and the Alloy Anthology. She creates stories about identity, queer romance and compassionate sci-fi. Displacement is her first graphic novel, and it is a story she's wanted to share for as long as she can remember.

Purchase displacement from POWELL'S BOOKS, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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Jules Ohman

WITS Program Specialist

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Jules Ohman is a program specialist and writer for Literary Arts’ Writers in the Schools program. She co-founded the nonprofit Free Verse, which teaches creative writing in juvenile halls, and works as a grant writer. Jules writes novels, walks a lot, and lives with her partner in Portland. She earned her MFA in Fiction from the University of Montana.
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